Dorm Room Diaries: Aili Izsak-Niimura

Words and Pictures : Jordan White (19') & Alice Goldberg (19')

For the prefrosh obsessively searching Google Earth to see what a Wesleyan dorm room looks like: here's an honest, last minute, uncensored look at some freshman rooms before moving out for the summer.

Aili Isak-Niimura

New York, New York / Paris, France

Type of Room: Two-Room Double

Dorm: West College

 

Where are you from?

I was born in New York but I grew up in Paris. My heritage is Japanese, Hungarian, and Israeli. 

What did your room mean to you this year? How important (or not) was it for you to have this space?

This year, my room was my bedroom, my kitchen, office, bathroom, living room, bar, bachelorette pad, worship chamber and storage unit. Thankfully, everything fit. As an international student, I was worried that I wouldn't feel at home in my dorm, but I brought a few posters from home and some of my favorite books. It was worth paying for the overweight luggage to feel more comfortable 😃.

Favorite/weirdest/most prized item in your room:

I didn't have a carpet cuz carpets are expensive and require something called cleaning, but I went to babies-r-us in NYC while trying to find a skateboard and found the IMAGINARIUM on sale instead. I think the combination of infant-playroom compliments the standard boho college xmas lights and tapestry. Taking it back to Wesleyan by train was quite an experience.

 

Dorm Room Diaries: Babe Howard & Sam Dewees

Words and Pictures : Jordan White (19') & Alice Goldberg (19')

For the prefrosh obsessively searching Google Earth to see what a Wesleyan dorm room looks like: here's an honest, last minute, uncensored look at some freshman rooms before moving out for the summer.

Babe Howard & Sam Dewees

New York, New York

Type of Room: Double

Dorm: Clark

What did your room mean to you this year? How important (or not) was it for you to have this space:

Babe: This room was pretty versatile. It was a place to hole up in when I didn’t know what else to do during the first months of school, and a place to pop back to just to grab things when I became an actual autonomous human being with some degree of motivation during second semester. It also held all of our (Sam’s) music stuff, and made a nice fauxcording studio, although in hindsight that might not have been incredibly fair to our neighbors.

Favorite/weirdest/most prized item(s) in your room:

Babe: Not sure about Most Prized, but my favorite item is the lamp that melted from being covered with a blanket during the first month of school. I refuse to divulge the circumstances of its demise, but I honestly kind of liked the way it looked post-melt. Don’t tell Sam, because he bought us a new one.

Sam: Our synth/drum machine setup meant a lot to both Babe and me. The drum machine was on my side and the synth was on his, so we could roll out of bed every morning and jammy, jam, jam. It was very fun. I have never had a musical partner like Babe, who hears the same little things in music that I do, and has an equal appreciation for quality production and all-around songwriting, nor have I ever worked with someone with the actual voice of an angel-boy. Babe told me over the summer before freshman year that he could sing, but i thought he was full of shit Turns out he wasn’t though, and I thank god everyday for that. Not many dudes have the opportunity to produce for both the best singer and the best rapper (JETPACK) on campus. I am #blessed in that regard.

Favorite memory in your room:

Babe: I was kind of down and anxious coming back after winter break and got to school super late the Sunday before classes. A friend came over and we did a bunch of homework and unpacked and I felt kind of better. I have some crazier memories in that room, but that night was real nice.

Worst memory in your room:

Babe: The night I went blind and woke Sam up and told him that everything was OK but that I might be dying.

Sam: Once, using some of the vaped Marijuana I had saved up over the semester, I attempted to make edibles using peanut butter and graham crackers. They were a failure, as I ate like five but felt only the slightest tingle in my toes. One night, when Babe returned from something or other, famished from a night of hard work, he asked if I had anything to eat, and I said that I had made edibles but that they didn’t work or anything so he could help himself. He was like “fuck it” and ate a few, and we went to sleep. At about 3:00 am or so, he awoke, high as balls. Ask babe for the details, as I was half asleep, but I believe he had a pretty severe panic attack and got naked on the floor in the bathroom, restlessly napping in a pool of his own sweat and tears for the remainder of the night. I offered to call P-Safe, and he actually considered it, so he truly must have been off his rocker sorts of fucked up. I am still sorry about the incident, but like not as sorry as I should be? I don’t know. He stopped smoking weed after that, which is too bad, but I respect it.

Something you wish you brought:

Babe: A better trash can. Also, a more secure trash can, because someone stole that shit during spring break.

Something you're glad you brought:

Babe: Super glad I brought Bananagrams. I never actually got to play during the school year (I SWEAR I am an avid player at home, SERIOUSLY), but I do think people maybe assumed I wasn’t completely shallow when they spotted that cloth zippered banana under my bed. I do recognize that it’s very shallow of me to say that I’m glad I brought an item that I never played but which might have positively affected people’s perceptions of me. It’s a give-and-take.

 

 

 

Dorm Room Diaries: Jejomar Erln Ysit

Words and Pictures : Jordan White (19') & Alice Goldberg (19')

For the prefrosh obsessively searching Google Earth to see what a Wesleyan dorm room looks like: here's an honest, last minute, uncensored look at some freshman rooms before moving out for the summer.

 

Jejomar Erln Ysit

Bronx, NY

Type of Room: Single

Dorm: Butts C

Jejomar chose to reflect on his freshmen dorm room through a poem

Butts C

Room 357

Served as a safe haven where I

Can do homework,

Eat an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s Salted Caramel Core ice cream without judgement,

Talk shit with my best friend,

Twerk at my lonesome to Rihanna’s ANTI at odd hours of the night,

Cry after a hard day’s work,

Snuggle in my large white comforter,

Read Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou poems,

FaceTimed baby Sophia and AMDG

Spend hours watching YouTube videos,

Hide from the hustle and bustle of Wesleyan,

Pampered myself with Lush facials and fuzzy socks,

Sleep naked,

Walk around naked,

Binge drink cups of steaming hot tea,

Pulled all nighters,

Stalked my high school crush on Instagram,

Clean when I’m stressed out,

And sit and think at my solitude.

Butts C

Room 357

Is the first place I considered home here at Wesleyan and

Is the first space I have made my very own.

 

Dorm Room Diaries: Viveka Cousins

Words and Pictures : Jordan White (19') & Alice Goldberg (19')

For the prefrosh obsessively searching Google Earth to see what a Wesleyan dorm room looks like: here's an honest, last minute, uncensored look at some freshman rooms before moving out for the summer.

Viveka (Viv) Cousins

Los Angeles, California

Type of Room:  Double

Dorm: 200 Church

My room means everything, my room at home was my safe space and always  made me feel more comfortable. I wanted my room  here to feel exactly like that, and it was. My dorm has similar aesthetic qualities to my room at home, but it wasn’t exactly the same. However, the cool part about having a dorm room is that you get to decorate two spaces (home room and dorm room) however the fuck you want and they both are extensions of you.

 

Favorite/weirdest/most prized item in your room:

For a while, honestly the most prized item in my room was the box of 60 snickers that my uncle had bought me for my dorm. My room became known as the “snickers room”. I got rid of a lot of my friend’s tears and anxieties by just having them take a snickers whenever they wanted. It became so natural, they just walked in, grabbed a snickers, and dipped. The snickers were short lived and gone within a month (but so were my friend’s anxieties ;) )

 

Favorite memory in your room:

when I met my best friend. She came to have coffee and hang out in my room for the first time. She spilled black coffee all over my white duvet. She ran around our dorm screaming for help because she needed some sort of bleach. We’ve been very close ever since I used her Middletown cash to do my laundry. She now sits on my floor when she drinks coffee in my room.

 

Worst memory in your room

would have to be when I thought of the brilliant idea of chasing vodka with snickers. It is not recommended, it tastes like literal crap. College makes you feel so innovative, so risky, so cool. However, you will realize you are not that smart when you and your friends start gagging from the chocolate, nougat, caramel, smirnoff frienzy that you once thought could be a good idea.

 

Something you wish you brought:

I honestly wish I brought my cat, He is the weirdest animal anyone will ever meet. He is a skittish Abyssinian who would have loved the fuzzy blanket my mom made for my room. Unfortunately, I was unsure of how to smuggle my cat to college (if ppl have ideas hmu) without both upsetting my parents and my roommate tbh. Also, he isn’t a fan of small spaces but dw I’m still scheming for next year.

 

Something you're glad you brought:

There are actually two things that I am so glad I brought and they both work together. My light source (hanging lights) that I used in replace of the ugly hospital light provided by the school and also my speaker. Without these two together, the room would forever feel like a horrible cabin at sleep away camp. Mood lighting and music is the most important thing for any space.